Val Britton creates immersive, collaged works on paper and site-specific installations that explore physical and psychological spaces. Her fragmented, exploded landscapes draw on the language of maps to explore memory, history, and the possibilities of abstraction.
The Reverberations series began in 2013 and is ongoing. This body of work was inspired by Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space. These images explore how imagined landscapes echo, mutate, and coalesce as a group and how they function one by one. All of these painted, collaged works on paper employ the square format and are 36″ by 36″ and smaller.
This artist is best known for her work on paper and card, of making installations whereupon she creates abstract collage work using mixed media with reference to the language of maps, network diagrams and astronomical photography. The artwork of Val Britton and tutor feedback has increasingly inspired me to use reclaimed and recycled paper, card, and cardboard as a greater part of my creative process within sampling and beyond…to finished pieces of visual art. I have been encouraged to progress my relationship with a range of paper types, card, and cardboard. I have started to explore the effects of print on paper more with a view to extend scale and move from 2D to 3D as part of my progression. I like the idea of working with different paper types to be led by how the paper, card and cardboard reacts and responds to the print processes and to consider the integration of weave techniques as I develop my relationship with the materials.
On researching this artist, I was reminded of how much I used to love working on paper and how the intervening years of work have got in the way. The whole idea of journeys, voyages and maps has enabled me to see this process with paper, card, and cardboard as an essential part of my own passage from where I am now to the next stage of my own journey to reacquaint my relationship with such materials in a more all-consuming way.